Green plums, a common household fruit in Turkey, have observed an outrageous price surge this season, with vendors reporting one kilo being priced at 1,000 Turkish liras (about 135 dollars) on Jan. 14, off-season for the summer fruit.
Farming policies under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have increasingly impoverished Turkey's farmers and led the country to import goods that were grown domestically until recently.
Climate change and pollution from excessive industrialization have compromised Turkish farmers' land, with numerous Aegean workers reporting reduced harvests in 2020.
Although vendors didn't specify the source of the green plums, they said that they were no longer selling the fruit in kilos to make it more affordable for customers.
"Everyone is shocked about the price, but husbands whose pregnant wives crave green plums are happy to find they are available in the winter," one vendor told Turkish agencies.